Applications

iPad Magazines : Zinio

I am a huge fan of the iPad, as you can see by my recent posts.  I find myself reading more and more on my iPad and iPhone.  One of the best things about the iPad is you can get magazine subscriptions using Zinio. I can’t say enough good words about the software.  I love to get a magazine quickly and …

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Computer Backup – Black Friday

Every year I take the opportunity to do some winter cleaning on my computer systems.  Clean up directories, remove unused applications, and backup.   I typically choose Black Friday for this event because I can run out and get cheap storage (Hard Drives).   Last year I purchased 2 portable drives and an internal drive. This year, I did not want …

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Android SDK Windows 7 (x64) – “invalid command-line parameter” Error

While starting to  write an android application I had to re-install the Android SDK on my new system.  When I did this and tried to execute the Emulator I go the following error: “invalid command-line parameter: Files. Hint: use ‘@foo’ to launch a virtual device named ‘foo’. please use -help for more information” After some google searches and some testing I …

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Re-Install windows phone 7 sdk

I just had to re-install windows phone 7 sdk.  I wanted the features for Mango 7.5.  However to get the install I had to uninstall the previous version (beta) I had. Now 3 reboots later  I’m ready to role.

Random Post of Links

I often find myself following a link from a twitter post or some other blog.  Not having the time to read it immediatly I either add it to Readitlater or I email myself.  I normally don’t add any comments just the link.   What often happens is a few weeks / days / months later I get to reading these links …

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Server Side Javascript (node.exe)

There is a great post from Scott Hanselman regarding  node iis. It is the implementation of node on iis.  Node is basically a serverside javascript.   It is very interesting to me how this could be used.  I wonder if the performance of this would allow you to skip the overhead of a .net page load, similar to a handler. Here …

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DNS hosting

For years I have used EveryDns.net.     They were recently acquired by dyndns.org another service I use.  The issue is that the full Managed dns that I have used from everydns will not be free or donation any more.    DynDns.org wants to charge a per-domain fee. I’m not opposed to paying for this service, but for ease of use I have …

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Weekend Project: $15 Mont Blanc pen

I love to use a good pen.  I recently lost my good Cross pen that I always have carried.   In the spirit of being frugal I decided to see what I could find on a budget.  I came across a quick post on lifehacker discussing a Mont Blanc Pen for $15 bucks.   Being a person who likes a good …

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Deploying MVC 3 Razor – Bin issues

The current application I’m working on requires me to publish an MVC 3 Razor web application.  I’m using sFTP as the protocol to my hosting provider.  After the first publish I was unable to run the application.   It kept throwing errors that I was missing assemblies.    The first error I got was that the application was missing the Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure.dll.   I …

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Win Phone 7 – datacontractserializer

I’m in the middle of writing a Windows Phone 7 application.  In the JSON call and collection I’m using.  I wanted to use a datacontract.  For a bit I could not get my class to recognize [DataContract] and [DataMember] .  I even had a direct reference in the class : using System.Runtime.Serialization; I’m not sure of the reason but after troubleshooting it for a …

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MVC – Mini Profiler

I’ve been really happy with the nuget platform for adding packages to VisualStudio.  If you have not yet tried nuget head on over to nuget.org.  One of the more recent packages I’ve been using is the mini-profiler. It is a little plug-in (can’t think of another term) that allows you profile a page and elements that are executed. Here is the …

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SMTP windows 7 developer

Vista and Windows 7 did not come with an SMTP server installed.   They removed this feature after smtp was found to be somewhat vulnerable on XP, and running on way too many developer PC’s.   I’ve been using papercut as a local smtp server when I am developing an application that has to send mail.  Papercut allows you to capture the …

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Windows Phone 7 Dev – Images and ApplicationBarIconButton

I have been working on a windows 7 phone application. I know, many of you may give me a hard time about developing for winphone7 vs iPhone or android. Well, I’m working on getting to each of them eventually. Currently Phone 7 made sense. So far development has been pretty straight forward. I was adding an application bar to the bottom …

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Commuting to Work on Bike

I’ve been commuting to work on my bike this last week. It has been great. The car was in the shop so I finally had a reason to commute. I’ve been planning on doing it but never was motivated enough to start the process. This last week I did not have a car so I had to. It turned out to …

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Secure your home network – Block sites – OpenDNS

I get all types of security questions from home users.  How do I secure my wireless so people can’t use it?  How can I make sure people can’t steal files on my computer?  How can I keep the kids from going to sites they are not suppose to be on? For the last one, how to secure and block sites I recommend OpenDNS. …

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